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Federal Register Summary for week of 23 April

    Commerce

  • Hydrographic Services Review Panel

    AGENCY: National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of Additional Membership Solicitation for Hydrographic Services Review Panel.


    SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is soliciting additional applications for membership on the Hydrographic Services Review Panel (the Panel), a Federal advisory committee. NOAA is extending the previous membership solicitation period, which ended July 24, 2009, and will hereby accept additional membership applications through Wednesday, June 30, 2010. NOAA is seeking to broaden the areas of expertise represented on the Panel. The Hydrographic Services Improvement Act Amendments of 2008 states, "the voting members of the Panel shall be individuals who, by reason of knowledge, experience, or training, are especially qualified in one or more of the disciplines and fields relating to hydrographic data and hydrographic services, marine transportation, port administration, vessel pilotage, coastal and fishery management, and other disciplines as determined appropriate by the Administrator.'' NOAA encourages individuals with expertise in navigation data, products and services; coastal management; fisheries management; coastal and marine spatial planning; geodesy; water levels; and other science-related fields to submit applications for Panel membership. To apply for membership on the Panel, applicants should submit a resume as indicated in the ADDRESSES section. NOAA is an equal opportunity employer.

    DATES: Application materials should be sent to the address, email, or fax specified and must be received by June 30, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Submit applications for Panel membership, in the form of a resume, to Kathy Watson via mail, fax, or e-mail. Mail: Kathy Watson, NOAA National Ocean Service, Office of Coast Survey, NOAA (N/CS), 1315 East West Highway, SSMC3 Rm. 6126, Silver Spring, MD, 20910; Fax: 301- 713-4019; E-mail: Hydroservices.panel@noaa.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathy Watson, NOAA National Ocean Service, Office of Coast Survey, NOAA (N/CS), 1315 East West Highway, SSMC3 Rm. 6126, Silver Spring, Maryland, 20910; Telephone: 301-713-2770 x158, Fax: 301-713-4019; E-mail: Hydroservices.panel@noaa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-9138.htm

  • Hydrographic Services Review Panel Meeting

    AGENCY: National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) is a Federal Advisory Committee established to advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere on matters related to the responsibilities and authorities set forth in section 303 of the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act of 1998, its amendments, and such other appropriate matters that the Under Secretary refers to the Panel for review and advice.

    Date and Time: The public meeting will be held May 5-6, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Location: Providence, Rhode Island. Marriott Providence Hotel, 1 Orms Street, Providence, Rhode Island, 02904; Tel: (401) 272-2400. Refer to the HSRP Web site listed below for the most current meeting agenda. Times and agenda topics are subject to change.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Captain John E. Lowell, Jr., NOAA, Designated Federal Official (DFO), National Ocean Service (NOS), Office of Coast Survey, NOAA (N/CS), 1315 East West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910; Telephone: 301-713-2770; Fax: 301-713-4019; E-mail: Hydroservices.panel@noaa.gov or visit the NOAA HSRP Web site at http://nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/ocs/hsrp/hsrp.htm.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-9137.htm

  • Information Privacy and Innovation in the Internet Economy

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce; National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce; International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce; and National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of Inquiry.


    SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce's Internet Policy Task Force is conducting a comprehensive review of the nexus between privacy policy and innovation in the Internet economy. The Department seeks public comment from all Internet stakeholders, including the commercial, academic and civil society sectors, on the impact of current privacy laws in the United States and around the world on the pace of innovation in the information economy. The Department also seeks to understand whether current privacy laws serve consumer interests and fundamental democratic values. After analyzing the comments responding to this Notice, the Department intends to issue a report, which will contribute to the Administration's domestic policy and international engagement in the area of Internet privacy.

    DATES: Comments are due on or before June 7, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Written comments may be submitted by mail to the National Telecommunications Administration at U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room 4725, Washington, DC 20230. Submissions may be in any of the following formats: HTML, ASCII, Word, rtf, or pdf. Online submissions in electronic form may be sent to privacy-noi-2010@ntia.doc.gov. Paper submissions should include a three and one- half inch computer diskette or compact disc (CD). Diskettes or CDs should be labeled with the name and organizational affiliation of the filer and the name of the word processing program used to create the document. Comments will be posted at http://www.ntia.doc.gov/advisory/privacyinnovation.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions about this Notice contact: Joe Gattuso, Office of Policy Analysis and Development, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room 4725, Washington, DC 20230, telephone (202) 482-1880; e-mail jgattuso@ntia.doc.gov. Please direct media inquires to NTIA's Office of Public Affairs at (202) 482-7002.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-9450.htm

  • National Sea Grant Advisory Board

    AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of solicitation for nominations for potential National Sea Grant Advisory Board members and notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice responds to Section 209 of the Sea Grant Program Improvement Act of 1976 (Pub. L. 94-461, 33 U.S.C. 1128), which requires the Secretary of Commerce to solicit nominations at least once a year for membership on the National Sea Grant Advisory Board, an advisory committee that provides advice on the implementation of the National Sea Grant College Program.

    DATES: Solicitation of nominations is open ended: resumes may be sent to the address specified at any time.

    ADDRESSES: Nominations should be sent to Dr. James D. Murray; Designated Federal Official, National Sea Grant Advisory Board; Deputy Director, National Sea Grant College Program; 1315 East-West Highway, Room 11841; Silver Spring, Maryland 20910.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-9100.htm

  • Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistics Survey

    AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

    DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before June 22, 2010.

    ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6625, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at dHynek@doc.gov).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions should be directed to Rob Andrews, (301) 713-2328, ext. 148 or Rob.Andrews@noaa.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-9423.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Request for Nominations of Experts To Augment the SAB Ecological Processes and Effects Committee (EPEC)

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office is requesting public nominations of non-EPA experts to augment the SAB Ecological Processes and Effects Committee (EPEC) to review the design, scope, and progress of EPA research to model, monitor, and map ecosystem services.

    DATES: Nominations should be submitted by May 13, 2010 per instructions below.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Any member of the public wishing further information regarding this Notice and Request for Nominations may contact Dr. Thomas Armitage, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), SAB Staff Office, by telephone/voice mail at (202) 343-9995; by fax at (202) 233-0643 or via e-mail at armitage.thomas@epa.gov. General information concerning the EPA Science Advisory Board can be found on the EPA SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab. Any inquiry regarding EPA's Ecosystem Services Research Program should be directed to Dr. Rick Linthurst of EPA's Office of Research and Development at linthurst.rick@epa.gov or (919) 541-4909 or Ms. Iris Goodman of EPA's Office of Research and Development at Goodman.iris@epa.gov or 202-343- 9854.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-9359.htm

  • Executive Office of the President

  • A 21st Century Strategy for America's Great Outdoors

    Memorandum of April 16, 2010

    A 21st Century Strategy for America's Great Outdoors

    Memorandum for the Secretary of the Interior, the Secretary of Agriculture, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality

    Americans are blessed with a vast and varied natural heritage. From mountains to deserts and from sea to shining sea, America's great outdoors have shaped the rugged independence and sense of community that define the American spirit. Our working landscapes, cultural sites, parks, coasts, wild lands, rivers, and streams are gifts that we have inherited from previous generations. They are the places that offer us refuge from daily demands, renew our spirits, and enhance our fondest memories, whether they are fishing with a grandchild in a favorite spot, hiking a trail with a friend, or enjoying a family picnic in a neighborhood park. They also are our farms, ranches, and forests-- the working lands that have fed and sustained us for generations. Americans take pride in these places, and share a responsibility to preserve them for our children and grandchildren.

    Today, however, we are losing touch with too many of the places and proud traditions that have helped to make America special. Farms, ranches, forests, and other valuable natural resources are disappearing at an alarming rate. Families are spending less time together enjoying their natural surroundings. Despite our conservation efforts, too many of our fields are becoming fragmented, too many of our rivers and streams are becoming polluted, and we are losing our connection to the parks, wild places, and open spaces we grew up with and cherish. Children, especially, are spending less time outside running and playing, fishing and hunting, and connecting to the outdoors just down the street or outside of town.

    Across America, communities are uniting to protect the places they love, and developing new approaches to saving and enjoying the outdoors. They are bringing together farmers and ranchers, land trusts, recreation and conservation groups, sportsmen, community park groups, governments and industry, and people from all over the country to develop new partnerships and innovative programs to protect and restore our outdoors legacy. However, these efforts are often scattered and sometimes insufficient. The Federal Government, the Nation's largest land manager, has a responsibility to engage with these partners to help develop a conservation agenda worthy of the 21st Century. We must look to the private sector and nonprofit organizations, as well as towns, cities, and States, and the people who live and work in them, to identify the places that mean the most to Americans, and leverage the support of the Federal Government to help these community-driven efforts to succeed. Through these partnerships, we will work to connect these outdoor spaces to each other, and to reconnect Americans to them.

    For these reasons, it is hereby ordered as follows:

    Section 1. Establishment.

    (a) There is established the America's Great Outdoors Initiative (Initiative), to be led by the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and implemented in coordination with the agencies listed in section 2(b) of this memorandum. The Initiative may include the heads of other executive branch departments, agencies, and offices (agencies) as the President may, from time to time, designate. (b) The goals of the Initiative shall be to:

    (i) Reconnect Americans, especially children, to America's rivers and waterways, landscapes of national significance, ranches, farms and forests, great parks, and coasts and beaches by exploring a variety of efforts, including:

    (A) promoting community-based recreation and conservation, including local parks, greenways, beaches, and waterways;

    (B) advancing job and volunteer opportunities related to conservation and outdoor recreation; and

    (C) supporting existing programs and projects that educate and engage Americans in our history, culture, and natural bounty.

    (ii) Build upon State, local, private, and tribal priorities for the conservation of land, water, wildlife, historic, and cultural resources, creating corridors and connectivity across these outdoor spaces, and for enhancing neighborhood parks; and determine how the Federal Government can best advance those priorities through public private partnerships and locally supported conservation strategies.

    (iii) Use science-based management practices to restore and protect our lands and waters for future generations.

    Sec. 2. Functions. The functions of the Initiative shall include:

    (a) Outreach. The Initiative shall conduct listening and learning sessions around the country where land and waters are being conserved and community parks are being established in innovative ways. These sessions should engage the full range of interested groups, including tribal leaders, farmers and ranchers, sportsmen, community park groups, foresters, youth groups, businesspeople, educators, State and local governments, and recreation and conservation groups. Special attention should be given to bringing young Americans into the conversation. These listening sessions will inform the reports required in subsection (c) of this section. (b) Interagency Coordination. The following agencies shall work with the Initiative to identify existing resources and align policies and programs to achieve its goals:

    (i) the Department of Defense;

    (ii) the Department of Commerce;

    (iii) the Department of Housing and Urban Development;

    (iv) the Department of Health and Human Services;

    (v) the Department of Labor;

    (vi) the Department of Transportation;

    (vii) the Department of Education; and

    (viii) the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

    (c) Reports. The Initiative shall submit, through the Chair of the CEQ, the following reports to the President:

    (i) Report on America's Great Outdoors. By November 15, 2010, the Initiative shall submit a report that includes the following:

    (A) a review of successful and promising nonfederal conservation approaches;

    (B) an analysis of existing Federal resources and programs that could be used to complement those approaches;

    (C) proposed strategies and activities to achieve the goals of the Initiative; and

    (D) an action plan to meet the goals of the Initiative.

    The report should reflect the constraints in resources available in, and be consistent with, the Federal budget. It should recommend efficient and effective use of existing resources, as well as opportunities to leverage nonfederal public and private resources and nontraditional conservation programs.

    (ii) Annual reports. By September 30, 2011, and September 30, 2012, the Initiative shall submit reports on its progress in implementing the action plan developed pursuant to subsection (c)(i)(D) of this section.

    Sec. 3. General Provisions.

    (a) This memorandum shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of any necessary appropriations. (b) This memorandum does not create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person. (c) The heads of executive departments and agencies shall assist and provide information to the Initiative, consistent with applicable law, as may be necessary to carry out the functions of the Initiative. Each executive department and agency shall bear its own expenses of participating in the Initiative. (d) Nothing in this memorandum shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect the functions of the Director of the OMB relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals. (e) The Chair of the CEQ is authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.

    (Presidential Sig.)

    THE WHITE HOUSE,

    Washington, April 16, 2010

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-9286.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Notice of Meeting: Secretary's Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society

    Pursuant to Public Law 92-463, notice is hereby given of the twenty-second meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society (SACGHS), U.S. Public Health Service. The meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15, 2010, and from 8 a.m. to approximately 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, June 16, 2010, at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle, NW., Washington, DC 20005. The meeting will be open to the public with attendance limited to space available. The meeting will also be Web cast.

    The main agenda item will be an exploratory session on the implications of affordable whole-genome sequencing. The meeting will also include updates and discussions on other issues SACGHS has been addressing, including the work of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children related to the retention and use of dried blood spot specimens from newborn screening.

    As always, the Committee welcomes hearing from anyone wishing to provide public comment on any issue related to genetics, health and society. Please note that because SACGHS operates under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, all public comments will be made available to the public. Individuals who would like to provide public comment should notify the SACGHS Executive Secretary, Ms. Sarah Carr, by telephone at 301-496-9838 or e-mail at carrs@od.nih.gov. The SACGHS office is located at 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20892. Anyone planning to attend the meeting who needs special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, is also asked to contact the Executive Secretary.

    Under authority of 42 U.S.C. 217a, section 222 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended, the Department of Health and Human Services established SACGHS to serve as a public forum for deliberations on the broad range of human health and societal issues raised by the development and use of genetic and genomic technologies and, as warranted, to provide advice on these issues. The draft meeting agenda and other information about SACGHS, including information about access to the Web cast, will be available at the following Web site: http://oba.od.nih.gov/SACGHS/sacghs_meetings.html.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-9311.htm

  • Office of Biotechnology Activities; Recombinant DNA Research: Proposed Actions Under the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules (NIH Guidelines)

    AGENCY: National Institutes of Health (NIH), PHS, DHHS.

    ACTION: Notice of a proposed action under the NIH Guidelines.


    SUMMARY: In March 2009, the NIH Office of Biotechnology Activities (OBA) published a proposal to revise the NIH Guidelines for Research with Recombinant DNA Molecules (NIH Guidelines) to address biosafety for research with synthetic nucleic acids (74 FR 9411). The proposal included amending the scope of the NIH Guidelines to specifically encompass research with synthetic nucleic acids. In addition, in consultation with the NIH Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee (RAC), OBA proposed changes to several other sections of the NIH Guidelines, including Section III-E-1, which addresses containment for work with partial viral genomes in tissue culture. In response to public comments received on the proposed changes to Section III-E-1 (74 FR 9411), a substantively revised proposal has been developed and OBA is seeking additional comment on this Section. After comments are received on this revised proposal and reviewed at a public RAC meeting, OBA will publish a final notice of action for Section III-E-1 and the other proposed revisions included in the March 2009 Federal Register (FR) notice.

    Section III-E-1 of the NIH Guidelines allows investigators to proceed with certain tissue culture experiments under Biosafety Level 1 (BL1) containment upon registration of the experiment with an Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC). Under the current NIH Guidelines, an investigator can initiate an experiment in tissue culture at BL1 containment if no more than two-thirds of the full viral genome is present and the preparation is free of "helper virus,'' i.e., a virus that could be used to rescue infectious, replication competent virus. Experiments performed under III-E-1 apply to viruses in all Risk Groups except for Variola major or Variola minor (smallpox, alastrim, whitepox--Section III-D-3-d). In the March 2009 FR, OBA proposed to reduce the portion of the genome that could be present to less than one-half due to concerns that synthetic techniques might lead to functional viruses that contained less than two-thirds of a full viral genome. Based on the comments received in response to the FR notice of March 2009, discussions at a public stakeholder meeting on June 23, 2009 [see URL: http://oba.od.nih.gov/rdnarac/racpub_con.html] and further consultations with the RAC, OBA is amending its original proposal to include additional criteria for lowering containment. These new criteria will allow containment to be lowered to BL1 for experiments performed in tissue culture when more than one-half of the genome is present, as long as the function of critical viral genes is sufficiently understood to allow the determination that a complete deletion in one or more essential viral capsid, envelope or polymerase genes required for cell-to-cell transmission of viral nucleic acids will effectively impair viral replication. The deletion(s) must be designed such that it is not possible to rescue critical functions through homologous recombination. If such a deletion is not feasible or practical, an experiment may also be included under Section III-E-1 if the recombinant viral genome contains less than one- half of the full viral genome. As explained in the March 2009 proposal, this latter criterion would only apply to Risk Group (RG) 3 and RG4 viruses (see NIH Guidelines Appendix B) as the NIH Guidelines currently exempt research with less than one-half of the genome of RG1 or RG2 virus (NIH Guidelines Appendices C-I and C-I-A).

    In light of this substantive change from the original proposal, OBA is seeking further comment on this revised proposal.

    DATES: The public is encouraged to submit written comments on this proposed action. Comments may be submitted to OBA in paper or electronic form at the OBA mailing, fax, and e-mail addresses shown below under the heading FOR FURTHER INFORMATION. All comments should be submitted by June 1, 2010. All written comments received in response to this notice will be available for public inspection in the NIH OBA office, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, MSC 7985, Bethesda, MD 20892- 7985, weekdays between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions, or require additional information about these proposed changes, please contact OBA by e-mail at oba@od.nih.gov, or telephone at 301-496-9838. Comments can be submitted to the same e-mail address or by fax to 301-496-9839 or mail to the Office of Biotechnology Activities, National Institutes of Health, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, MSC 7985, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-7985. Background information may be obtained by contacting NIH OBA by e-mail at oba@od.nih.gov.

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-9258.htm

  • Interior

  • National Park Week, 2010

    Proclamation 8498 of April 16, 2010

    National Park Week, 2010

    By the President of the United States of America

    A Proclamation

    As a Nation, we have a responsibility to protect America's natural resources and noteworthy landmarks. During National Park Week, we celebrate the diversity, beauty, and history found in our National Park System.

    For nearly 100 years, the American people have entrusted the National Park Service (NPS) to care for the places that fuel our spirit and define our character. By safeguarding our Nation's historical parks, sites, and monuments, NPS in turn preserves our rich culture and heritage. From the first glimpses of hope at the Statue of Liberty to the harrowing Battle of Gettysburg and the quest for freedom on the Underground Railroad, countless American stories are enshrined in these sites. By visiting them, we can reflect on our shared history and vision for the future.

    Our National Park System also includes millions of acres that support educational and recreational opportunities for all Americans. Every day, NPS employees and volunteers dedicate their time and energy to upholding the beauty and integrity of these lands for future generations. Only by conserving our natural treasures--from the verdant forests of the Great Smoky Mountains to the geysers of Yellowstone and the granite walls of Yosemite--can we share their wonder with our children and grandchildren.

    Our national parks provide safe and affordable opportunities for families and communities to reconnect with nature and have fun together. Our Nation's historical parks, sites, and monuments also enhance quality of life and bolster community vitality in many of America's urban areas. In the spirit of Let's Move, the First Lady's nationwide campaign to tackle childhood obesity, I encourage all Americans to visit our national parks and take part in outdoor activities.

    While most national parks are free throughout the year, none will charge admission during National Park Week, ensuring these treasures are open and accessible to all. As we acknowledge the wealth of our National Park System, let us also recommit to responsible stewardship that will sustain our parks for generations to come.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 17 through April 25, 2010, as National Park Week. I encourage all Americans to visit their national parks and be reminded of these unique blessings that we share as a Nation.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixteenth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.

    (Presidential Sig.)

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-9413.htm